Alpha Conde leaves door wide open for Ivorian refugees

Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The newly-elected president of Guinea, Professor Alpha Conde, has asked the eight regional governors in the country to allow Ivorians fleeing post-election crisis in their country free entry into Guinea.

Many Ivorians have crossed the borders into Guinea since the showdown between incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, declared winner of the recent presidential run-off election by the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) in Côte d'Ivoire.

The decision to allow Ivorians in was taken at a meeting involving President Conde, the transitional president, General Sekouba Konate, and the regional governors, most of whom are senior military officers.

Conde warned, however, that none of the arrivals should be allowed if they possessed weapons.

Hundreds of Ivorians, including women and children, who fled the hostilities triggered during the 2002 rebellion, still live in southern Guinea.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Guinea in 2009 expressed its inability to meet the needs of the Ivorian refugees whom it urged to return home to participate in the nation's elections.

UNHCR had suggested that those who could not return home must comply with requirements stipulated by the Guinean government if they wanted to stay on in Guinea.
-0- PANA  UI/JEN/VAO 19Dec2010

19 december 2010 14:46:51

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